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Gentrified Patriachal Resistance

Twitter is an effective outlet for my stream of conscious, it sits there asking, “what’s new”, some posts get cross posted to Facebook, but almost none of them make it to UrbanWorkbench as a post.

In response to Richard Florida’s tweet this morning, “The greatest obstacles to local resilience are the rigid and inflexible policies of lenders and loan servicers”, I stated/tweeted these words,

It is the gentrified patriarchal resistance that prevents local resilience.


Resilience comes when the systems we live within can survive any political, economic, health, environmental, climatic or social storm that comes our way. What stands in the way of this resilience is the outdated belief that bigger is better and growth at any cost is worth it.


Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

One thought to “Gentrified Patriachal Resistance”

  1. I was intrigued by that tweet because, for the life of me, I don’t know what it means. Is it profound or merely a good example of language as obstruction ($50 words)? (I really don’t know b/c i really don’t understand what the tweet means). I challenge you to restate in pithy language, or colorful language, or as a metaphor

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